OCZ Technology Agility 3 SandForce 240GB SATA 6G SSD Review
Internals, Testing Methodology and System Setup
For starters, the housing of the Agility 3 is different than any prior OCZ branded SSD we've seen to date. Specifically, the top cover portion is made of plastic. This is not necessarily a bad thing - many other manufacturers choose entire housings made of plastic. So long as heat production is not an issue (as is the case for Sandforce controllers), this is a non-issue.
Once our warranty-voidance procedure is completed, we see the internals.
PCB top. Note the lack of cache memory (cache is integrated into the SF).
PCB bottom, showing 8 more flash parts.
Here we see the meat and potatoes. SF-2281 along side IMFT (Micron) Asynchronous flash memory.
Our tests are a good mix of synthetic and real-world benchmarks. PCMark, IOMeter, HDTach, HDTune, Yapt and our custom File Copy test round out the selection to cover just about all bases. If you have any questions about our tests just drop into the Storage Forum and we'll help you out!
Test System Setup
We're breaking in a new SandyBridge testbed. Necessary for properly testing these new drives, even with the known issues. To get around this, we are using only the Intel SATA 6Gb/sec ports, which are known to not exhibit the inconsistent performance / connectivity issues.
PC Perspective would like to thank ASUS, Corsair, and Kingston for supplying some of the components of our test rig.
|Hard Drive Test System Setup|
|CPU||Intel Core i5-2500K|
|Motherboard||Asus P8P67 Deluxe|
|Memory||Kingston HyperX 4GB DDR3-2133 CL9|
|Hard Drive||G.Skill 32GB SLC SSD|
|Video Card||BFG Geforce 8400 GS 512MB PCI|
|Video Drivers||Geforce 181.22|
|Power Supply||Corsair CMPSU-650TX|
|Operating System||Windows 7 X64|
- PCPer File Copy Test